not be on speaking terms


not be on speaking terms
(not) be on speaking terms to be refusing to talk to someone because you have had an argument and are still angry with them.

She's not on speaking terms with her ex-husband.

(often + with)

Jeanette and her mother haven't been on speaking terms since the wedding.


New idioms dictionary. 2014.

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  • not on speaking terms — phrase if two people are not on speaking terms, they are very angry with each other and will not talk to each other Thesaurus: words used to describe relations and relationshipshyponym friendship and feelings of friendshipsynonym Main entry:… …   Useful english dictionary

  • not on speaking terms — if two people are not on speaking terms, they are very angry with each other and will not talk to each other …   English dictionary

  • not on speaking terms — not talking to one another, mad at each other …   English contemporary dictionary

  • be on speaking terms — (not) be on speaking terms to be refusing to talk to someone because you have had an argument and are still angry with them. She s not on speaking terms with her ex husband. (often + with) Jeanette and her mother haven t been on speaking terms… …   New idioms dictionary

  • on speaking terms — friendly enough to talk. We have heard from various people that the coach is barely on speaking terms with his best pitcher. Usage notes: often used in the form not on speaking terms: The two nations have not been on speaking terms for a couple… …   New idioms dictionary

  • (be) on speaking terms (with somebody) — be on ˈspeaking terms (with sb) | be ˈspeaking (to sb) idiom to be willing to be polite or friendly towards sb, especially after an argument • She s not been on speaking terms with her uncle for years. • Are they speaking to each other again yet? …   Useful english dictionary

  • on speaking terms — not friendly but saying hello etc.    Louise and I are not friends, but we re on speaking terms …   English idioms

  • on speaking terms — see under ↑term • • • Main Entry: ↑speak on speaking terms 1. Friendly enough to speak to each other 2. Well enough acquainted to speak • • • Main Entry: ↑term * * * on speaking terms often in negatives …   Useful english dictionary

  • on speaking terms — [often in negatives] feeling friendly towards someone, not angry with them He isn t on speaking terms with half of the family …   English dictionary

  • on speaking terms — friendly with somebody, having the kind of relationship where one can communicate freely; willing to communicate, not alienated one from another …   English contemporary dictionary